SHEFFIELD UNITED: Danny Wilson backs relaxation of the rules

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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has welcomed a decision by the Football League to relax restrictions on the number of substitutes clubs can name in their matchday squads next season.

A motion, proposing a return to seven options rather than five, was passed by the organisation’s 72 members at its three day conference in The Algarve, Portugal.

Earlier this season, Wilson claimed that reducing the number of players at his counterparts disposal could have a detrimental effect upon the development of home grown talent.

“I can understand and appreciate the reasons why we cut to five in the first place but it’s not one I necessarily agree with,” he said. “Looking at the bigger picture, it means that young lads coming through have probably been denied the experience of being a part of things at first team level more than would otherwise have been the case.

“Even if they don’t get a game, just being in the dressing room and soaking-up what it’s like can be an important part of their development at such a crucial stage of their careers.”

Clubs voted to reduce the number of substitutes allowed before the start of last season after several expressed fears it hiked costs at a time when they were struggling to fulfil UEFA’s Financial Fair Play criteria.

However, they were permitted to name seven in both the Carling and FA cups throughout the previous campaign.